Navy Physical

Dixie

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Has anyone had a physical at Patuxent River lately? I'm curious - they didn't take my height or weight, I didn't take anything off and I was only in the office about 20 minutes answering questions from the doctor. Just seemed kind of weird - when I was on active duty it seemed like I was in there for at least a hour while they pushed and prodded. Pax did do blood pressure, blood work and looked down my throat/ears then farmed me out for a mammogram, oncologist, cardiologist, and skin doc. Is that all that is done now for a complete physical - even in a civilian doc?
 

CrashTest

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When I was a kid, used to get a physical every year at a Navy hospital in order to play sports. Never got out of there without a digital salute.
 

Dixie

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When I was a kid, used to get a physical every year at a Navy hospital in order to play sports. Never got out of there without a digital salute.
That's what I remember too. And they pushed down on your abdomen, under your arms, around the neck, etc. For the last couple of years, it seems like they've had a "hands off" policy and won't touch you. I don't get it. I used to think the world of Navy doctors, didn't want to go to a civilian and now for the last couple of years, they've kind of sucked. I've heard other people say the same thing that it started changing under one of the change of commands and hasn't been the same since. I think I'm going to call someone, I haven't had a physical in five years and it only lasted 20 minutes? Something's not right.
 

Bann

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Has anyone had a physical at Patuxent River lately? I'm curious - they didn't take my height or weight, I didn't take anything off and I was only in the office about 20 minutes answering questions from the doctor. Just seemed kind of weird - when I was on active duty it seemed like I was in there for at least a hour while they pushed and prodded. Pax did do blood pressure, blood work and looked down my throat/ears then farmed me out for a mammogram, oncologist, cardiologist, and skin doc. Is that all that is done now for a complete physical - even in a civilian doc?
Oncologist & Cardiologist? I've never been referred out to an oncologist or cardiologist. Maybe a cardiologist this year, but that's probably due to my age. During a regular medical physical, that sounds about right - check all the particulars, draw blood, check BP and then once the bloodwork is back - discuss results with you, if there is anything to worry about. They refer out for all the specialities: pap, mammo, etc. I also have the dermatology every year, and the colon scoping every 3-5.

I guess they go with the history, your answers to any questions they ask about what's going on (complaints, new issues, etc) and then wait on the bloodwork and other information to come back from the specialists.
 

Dixie

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Oncologist & Cardiologist? I've never been referred out to an oncologist or cardiologist. Maybe a cardiologist this year, but that's probably due to my age. During a regular medical physical, that sounds about right - check all the particulars, draw blood, check BP and then once the bloodwork is back - discuss results with you, if there is anything to worry about. They refer out for all the specialities: pap, mammo, etc. I also have the dermatology every year, and the colon scoping every 3-5.

I guess they go with the history, your answers to any questions they ask about what's going on (complaints, new issues, etc) and then wait on the bloodwork and other information to come back from the specialists.
Really - no breast check, no feeling around? I guess I haven't been to the doctors in so long I didn't realize how much it's changed. I have to see a cardiologist because my BP went to 200 something over 100 something last year and they want to add stress test to the mix and I have hemochromatosis and polycythemia - hence the oncologist.

Anyhow - I went to Web MD (they've been diagnosing me for years!) and got a list of physical things that should be checked and I'll make appointments for what I think the Navy disregarded.
 

libertytyranny

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Really - no breast check, no feeling around? I guess I haven't been to the doctors in so long I didn't realize how much it's changed. I have to see a cardiologist because my BP went to 200 something over 100 something last year and they want to add stress test to the mix and I have hemochromatosis and polycythemia - hence the oncologist.

Anyhow - I went to Web MD (they've been diagnosing me for years!) and got a list of physical things that should be checked and I'll make appointments for what I think the Navy disregarded.

My Navy doc (she's a PA) told me that they no longer do palpatations/physical exams as they have not been proven to be useful. I agree and was happy to hear they finally caught up with civilian medicine (no breast checks at the gyno for a few years now)
 

Dixie

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My Navy doc (she's a PA) told me that they no longer do palpatations/physical exams as they have not been proven to be useful. I agree and was happy to hear they finally caught up with civilian medicine (no breast checks at the gyno for a few years now)
Aha! I'm glad you told me that. I'm so anxious to get out the door as soon as I get in that I forget everything I wanted to talk about. It wasn't until I got home yesterday that I thought was that it? Did he get everything? Next year I'm going to be forced out and will have to get a civilian doctor - for the first time ever. I'm a little freaked about it - it's always been so easy knowing that the Navy was always there.
 
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